Analyst: Negative political ads to increase in frequency as election nears


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With the election just two weeks away, two negative political advertisements are airing consistently across television screens in Rhode Island.

In her advertisement, Democratic incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo attacks her opponent, Republican Allan Fung, on his leadership as the mayor of Cranston.

Meanwhile, Fung’s advertisement targets Raimondo’s handling of UHIP, which is a state-run online benefits system.

Eyewitness News Political Analyst Joe Fleming said it’s no surprise both candidates are taking aim at one another, though he said Raimondo has more options than Fung.

“They want to make sure their opponent does not get traction and gain ground at this point,” Fleming said. “She has more money than Allan Fung and has a mixture of positive and negative ads for her to show both sides.”

With less money and news this weekend that the Republican Governor’s Association is pulling ads for Fung in Rhode Island, his campaign has to do more with less, according to Fleming.

This means adding an attack on Independent Joe Trillo at the start of his attack ad on Raimondo.

“Joe Trillo admitted his campaign will help re-elect Gina Raimondo,” Fleming said. “[Fung] can’t let Trillo gain any votes because votes that are Joe Trillo’s gain are votes that are coming away from Allan Fung. They’re not going to be Gina Raimondo votes.”

Fleming also said he expects twice as many political ads to air over the next two weeks, with the majority of them being negative.

William Gilbert, Anne Armstrong and Daniel Luis Munoz are also running for governor.

While political ads, both local and national, often cite news coverage, it’s important to note Eyewitness News does not endorse specific candidates.

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